Mamelodi Sundowns' Denis Onyango gears up for CAF Champions League clash with Esperance
Posted: 2 June 2017 Time: 11:50
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango is determined to help the team shine in Africa, especially after the Brazilians relinquished their Premiership crown to Bidvest Wits.
Sundowns finished runners-up to Wits domestically in 2016/17, but their CAF Champions League title defence remains on track as they prepare to host Tunisian giants Esperance at Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight (20h00).
Mosimane's men beat AS Vita 3-1 in DR Congo last week, having been held to a goalless draw by Ethiopia's St George in their Group C opener in Tshwane.
“We want to get the team back to where it belongs following our loss of the domestic league title. Esperance are one of the biggest on the continent, but we are determined to turn things around at home,” Onyango told his club's website.
“It’s not just about us and Esperance. Vita are still in it, as are St George who have two points. Winning one game will give them five points and lift them in the stakes.
“It is therefore critical for us to wrap it up early to relieve the pressure later on. When we score, we know we are capable of winning, but we have to keep it clean at the back. But we will continue taking it one game at a time, and would urge our supporters and the rest of the country to support the teams that campaign in the continental competitions. It’s not just about us, it’s about the country as players benefit from this exposure and prepares them for their national team campaigns.”